In 2004, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard launched with a mission to improve human health. Since that time, biology and medicine have evolved in astonishing ways, and so have we. Our community now includes more than four thousand scientists, software engineers, and more, with collaborations in more than three dozen countries.
We think the amazing pace of scientific progress is a story worth sharing. In celebration of our 15th anniversary, in 2019 and 2020 we hosted a series of public talks that trace the evolution of key fields of science and medicine over our first 15 years, and look ahead to how these fields might continue to evolve in the future.
We invite you to experience the entire series of Broad@15 talks, and to share them with your family and friends.
The Human Cell Atlas: "Google Maps" to navigate the human body in health and disease
April 28, 2020
The average adult human has 37 trillion cells, but, despite centuries of study, we don’t know how many different cell types there are, their properties in health and disease, and how they work together. Computational and systems biologist and Klarman Cell Observatory director Aviv Regev will discuss how the recent breakthroughs in single cell genomics, which allow us to characterize millions of cells at a time by the active genes in each individual cell, have fueled efforts to build a Google Map of every cell in the body. She will also show how these maps are being used to shed light on rare disease, cancer, and COVID-19.
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